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Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis

HALIFAX — Canada is sending another one of its frigates to help a NATO maritime force aiming to provide reassurance to eastern European allies that are jittery over the crisis in Ukraine. The Defence Department says HMCS Fredericton will deploy in the coming weeks to replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto has been in the area since August. The...

Obama on whether he’d consider Republican Keystone bill: ‘I’ll see what they do’

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes today disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline project. He then kept it alive with five words. At a White House news conference, Obama played down project's job potential, insisted it would not lead to lower gas prices and described it as better for Canadian "tar sands" companies than...

OSC withdraws securities allegations against former Nortel executives

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission has closed its investigation into three former Nortel Networks executives who were acquitted of fraud last year. The regulator says it's no longer in the public's interest for it to pursue the allegations against ex-CEO Frank Dunn, ex-CFO Douglas Beatty and ex-controller Michael Gollogly. The OSC allegations were originally filed in March 2007. An Ontario...

Russians face oil-sector sanctions, new travel restrictions, over Ukraine

OTTAWA — Canada is once again imposing new sanctions against Russia in response to its incursions into Ukraine. The latest sanctions target 20 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and include new export restrictions on technologies used in Russia's oil sector. The sanctions against individuals involve freezing of assets and travel bans. But it's the oilpatch sanctions that will likely sting the most as...

Canadian Press NewsAlert: Edmonton authorities issue Amber Alert for 3 children

EDMONTON — Authorities in Edmonton have issued an Amber Alert for three children. They say the boys, who are two, eight and nine, were abducted from a north Edmonton home at 9:45 a.m. today. Police are looking for 50-year-old Leonard Hutchinson, who is described as Caucasian, about six-foot-one and weighing 300 pounds. He is bald and believed to be wearing a grey...

Rare white kermode bear will get new Kamloops, B.C., home this spring

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A rare, white kermode bear will have a new home in Kamloops, B.C., waiting when he wakes up from hibernation this spring. The rescued male bear named Clover was given to the B.C. Wildlife Park in 2012 after it became habituated to humans and several attempts to relocate him to the wild failed. While a black bear would...

Protesters demand male dentistry students be expelled over sexist Facebook posts

HALIFAX — Hundreds of people marched in silence to the office of Dalhousie University's president to demand the expulsion of dentistry students accused of posting misogynistic messages online. The group of about 200 gathered in front of the university's dentistry school at noon in Halifax today to read speeches panning the university's response to messages posted on Facebook about female...

Crowdfunding site set up for laid off Wildrose caucus staff after floor crossing

EDMONTON — A crowdfunding website is raising money for some Alberta Wildrose caucus staff who have lost their jobs since their leader and eight others crossed over to the Progressive Conservatives. The gofundme page, called "Wildrose for Wildrose," has raised more than $8,000 since it was set up Thursday night. Organizer Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk (ZACK'-rack) isn't aware of the exact number of...

Crowdfunding site set up for laid off Wildrose caucus staff after floor crossing

EDMONTON — A crowdfunding website is raising money for some Alberta Wildrose caucus staff who have lost their jobs since their leader and eight others crossed over to the Progressive Conservatives. The gofundme page, called "Wildrose for Wildrose," has raised more than $8,000 since it was set up Thursday night. Organizer Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk (ZACK'-rack) isn't aware of the exact number of...

Saskatchewan senator apologizes for ‘white man’ comment directed at MP

LA RONGE, Sask. — Senator Lillian Dyck is apologizing for suggesting an aboriginal Conservative MP from northern Saskatchewan was behaving like a "white man" during a debate in the Senate earlier this month. Dyck, who is also Cree and from Saskatchewan, says she was exasperated during discussions on a private member's bill from Rob Clarke to replace the Indian Act. She...

Canada buys additional massive military cargo jet as C-17 production wraps up

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has formally announced that the air force will get a fifth C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift transport plane. The federal cabinet recently signed off on the proposal, which the military has been pushing for, calling it a uniquely time-sensitive opportunity because Boeing aircraft, the U.S. manufacturer, has closed the assembly line. Nicholson made the announcement Friday at...

Top judge said naming courthouse for Danny Williams was inappropriate

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A top Newfoundland and Labrador judge raised concerns before a new courthouse was named after former premier Danny Williams, saying the move was inappropriate. David Orsborn was acting chief justice of the provincial Supreme Court's trial division when he wrote the letter dated Aug. 12 to then-premier Tom Marshall. It was released this week during proceedings related...

B.C. poultry infected with avian flu virus never before seen in North America

VANCOUVER — Scientists say an avian flu virus that has resulted in the destruction of nearly 250,000 birds in British Columbia is affecting poultry in North America for the first time. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that an outbreak at B.C. poultry farms is highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2. The strain has now been detected at 11 locations in...

No bail hearing for Winnipeg woman accused of hiding dead babies in storage unit

WINNIPEG — A woman accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker could spend the holidays behind bars after her bail hearing was delayed yet again. The lawyer for Andrea Giesbrecht (GEEZ'-brehkt) says he can't go ahead with a bail application because the Crown has not shared a complete autopsy report. Greg Brodsky says autopsy results...

Lower loonie boosts revenue for Canadian Christmas tree exporters

TORONTO — The lower loonie will put more money in the pockets of Canadian Christmas tree exporters this year, just as the industry is preparing to ramp up production to meet an anticipated surge in demand from south of the border. The U.S. is the largest market for Canadian Christmas tree exporters, with more than 1.5 million trees shipped across...

Richard Henry Bain denied bail in Quebec’s 2012 election shooting

MONTREAL — The accused in Quebec's 2012 election shooting has been denied bail. Richard Henry Bain had been seeking bail in advance of his murder trial, which is set to begin early in 2015. Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer ruled today that Bain failed to satisfy the court he would not pose a risk to safety. Bain is charged with first-degree...

QuickList: November inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples (Previous month in brackets): _ St. John's, N.L., 0.6 (1.8) _ Charlottetown-Summerside, 0.1 (1.2) _ Halifax, 1.5 (2.2) _ Saint John, N.B., 1.0 (1.5) _...

QuickList: November inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories

OTTAWA — Canada's national inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets): _ Newfoundland and Labrador, 0.7 (1.8) _ Prince Edward Island, 0.1 (1.2) _ Nova Scotia, 1.5 (2.1) _ New Brunswick, 1.1 (1.6) _ Quebec, 1.6 (2.2) _ Ontario, 2.4 (2.8) _ Manitoba, 1.1 (1.3) _ Saskatchewan, 2.1 (2.5) _ Alberta, 2.0...
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